FAQ

1. How do we laser-cut paper ?
2. Are certains types of paper better than others ?
3. What are the minimum and maximum sizes of the sheet and design?
4. Can transform laser-cut sheets through automated equipment ?
5. Can we run laser-cut sheets in office machines ?
6. What document do you need to provide ?
7. Is there a price list ?
8. How is the price determined ?
9. How to get a quote quickly ?
10. What artistic and technical tips can you give for the best results?

 

1. How do we laser-cut paper ?

In our lasercutting process, the paper or carboard is vaporiezd when hit by the laser beam.

Think of that technology as an extension of the photo process: we start from a file (Photoshop, Illustrator version 9.0 or pdf format) on which the area to be vaporized by laser must be black and filled solid. Die lines should not be used. With this file, we engrave a copper plate by acid. The laser beam passes through the holes of this plate and vaporizes the paper parts exposed to it. Back to top

2. Are certains types of paper better than others?

The answer is yes.  Although we can lasercut all coated or uncoated papers and cardboards from 70 to 350 grams, it is easier for the laser beam to separate molecules of a lesser density paper. So papers with week kaolin content or other minerals will provide a better end result.

Keep in mind that coated papers have a tendency to generate a light brown coloration on the back of your document when laser engraved.

We can also lasercut tracing paper.

Laser tests can also be made on paper samples you provide. Back to top

3. What are the minimum and maximum sizes of the sheet and design ?

Our system is a sheet-fed system using conventional printing guide and gripper registration.The minimum sheet size is 180 X 180 mm and maximum 720 X 720 mm. As for the design, we can laser cut large areas: on each pass, we can engrave a zone up to 140 X 710 mm. And, on most cases, we can make several passes on the same sheet. Obviously, we can engrave different designs ona same sheet as well. Back to top

4. Can we run laser-cut sheets through automated equipment ?

Yes! Laser engraved sheets can then be press-cut, trimmed to size, folded, etc.

Lasergraph can realize most of these operations for you and transform your greeting cards, brochures, etc. Back to top

5. Can we run laser-cut sheets in office machines ?

Yes, these sheets can be used as regular paper in your printers, copiers, faxes, etc. Back to top

6. What document do you need to provide ?

We wish to receive a file (Photoshop, Illustrator version 9.0 or pdf format) on a CD or by email at info@lasergraph.fr
We remind you that the area to be vaporized by laser must be black and file solid. Die lines should not be used.

If necessary, we will slightly modify your file in order to get the best final result. If so, we will submit these changes to you before going any further. We also need a placement of the laser-cut area on the sheet. Back to top

7. Is there a price list ?

No, each price request is quoted individually. Back to top

8. How is the cost is determined ?

By:

    1. the type and weight of the paper or cardboard.
    2. the engraving time is more or less proportional to the weight of the paper.
    3. the length and the width of the area being cut.
    4. the quantity of sheets to engrave.

The complexity or the details of your design do not affect the cost at all. Back to top

9. How to get a quote quickly ?

By email at info@lasergraph.fr.
By calling Lasergraph at +33 (0) 1 34 53 99 77
By faxing Lasergraph at +33 (0)1 39 85 34 98
By filling out our quote form
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10. What artistic and technical tips can you give for the best results?

One of the more important details of lasercutting is what appears behind the cut, what you see through the holes. This view is generally dark so it it a good idea to cut on a dark surface which will have a light background, or cut on a light surface with a light background.

To make the laser-cut effect more prominant, contrast as much as possible the cut-out area and the visible background you see through the holes. A laser-cut on a non-printed sheet which shows a multicolored background gives a good result, however avoid cutting on a multicolored surface with the same multicolored background.

However, if you're looking for elegance and subtlety a cut on a white sheet with a white background or on light sheets give excellent results.

There are certain elements and objects that translate naturally to lasercutting: trees with intertwining branches, veins and arteries, snowflakes with geometric lines, buildings with windows and subtle architechture, lace which you can photograph white on a black background, borders or frames you can place around your illustrations. These ideas are just scratching the surface of the possibilities with lasercutting. Just let your imagination run wild and you can invent thousands of unique creations.  Back to top